NFL announcer Pat Summerall passes away at age 82

Ronald Martinez

Longtime NFL announcer Pat Summerall passed away today. He was 82 years old.

Longtime NFL announcer Pat Summerall, best known for his work with John Madden, has passed away. He was 82 years old.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Summerall died in his room at Zale Lipshy Hospital. He was recovering from recent surgery to repair a broken hip.

Summerall served as the play-by-play commentator for 16 Super Bowls during his career, most by any commentator. He was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Hall of Fame in 1994 after being named the National Sporscaster of the Year in 1977. He was also recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame as their Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award recipient in 1994 and was inducted inot the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

Summerall and Madden were paired together for 21 years of work in the NFL, appearing on CBS and Fox football coverage. Summerall retired after the 2002 season, but served as a substitute broadcaster in 2006 and 2007 for Fox Sports, as well as covering several college football games over the past few years.

Although he is best known as a commentator, Summerall spent nine seasons in the NFL as a place kicker. He was drafted in the fourth round in 1952 by the Detroit Lions. He also spent time with the Chicago Cardinals and the New York Giants.

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